Most teenagers’ first jobs aren’t all that exciting, but Bailey Hayward has landed a wild one.
The 14-year-old Caddens resident has just become a reporter for 7Plus TV show ‘News Of The Wild’.
Bailey, who has been involved in the performing arts since she was five-years-old, said it was an amazing opportunity she planned to take with both hands.
“‘News Of The Wild’ is an easy way of learning about animals for young kids through news reporting as well as fun segments with singing and acting,” she said.
“I have been dancing and singing since I was a kid and want to pursue acting more so it was quite fitting to be in a role like this as I have always been comfortable in that league.”
After going through the audition process, Bailey said she was excited to find out she was successful.
“I had to send self-recorded tapes saying lines for two roles, then I did an in-person interview and got to meet one of the news anchors, Finn, which was cool,” Bailey said.
“When I got offered the animal reporter it was so exciting as it was my first non-background and talking role, so I was delving into the unknown as it’s something I had not experienced before.”
Juggling her studies at Caroline Chisholm College in Glenmore Park, Bailey said she wants to continue a creative career when she is older.
“In the holidays I was recording over multiple days but while school is happening it will be on weekends, so it doesn’t interfere with anything,” she said.
“I think for me I want to pursue anything that involves performing as I love the creative arts.
“Acting, singing and dancing is a great way to express yourself and I want to do that with all of my skills.”
For now, Bailey is working on ensuring her knowledge of animals and the wild is strong.
“I had to learn facts about whale snot and how scientists discover things about whales through their snot,” she said.
“It sounds kind of gross but it’s pretty amazing the things we can learn.”
‘News Of The Wild’ airs on 7Plus and will return later this year.
A graduate of Western Sydney University, Emily covers community news and entertainment for the Western Weekender.